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Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto | Cover Reveal

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well!

Today I have a different post for you… Not a review but a cover reveal!!! I am so excited to show you guys this beautiful cover for Nicki Pau Preto’s Heart Of Flames which is set to release in 2020!

So without further ado.. this is the cover!

And here is the full cover on the cover!

I love how magical and striking the covers have been for both books so far! Crown of feathers also has a beautiful orange and red cover.

The artist for this book is Kekai Kotaki and you can find his website here: http://www.kekaiart.com/

Are you excited for book 2? Did you enjoy crown of feathers?

Let me know in the comments!

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Book Review – Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen @hqstories #HappyMessyScaryLove

As everyone at her Brooklyn high school announces their summer adventures, Olivia harbors a dirty secret: Her plan is to binge-watch horror movies and chat with her online friend, Elm. Olivia and Elm have never shared personal details, apart from their ages and the fact that Elm’s aunt is a low-budget horror filmmaker. Then Elm pushes Olivia to share her identity and sends her a selfie of his own. Olivia is shocked by how cute he is! In a moment of panic, assuming she and Elm will never meet in real life, she sends a photo of her gorgeous friend Katie. But things are about to get even more complicated when Olivia’s parents send her to the Catskills, and she runs into the one person she never thought she would see. This sweet and funny summertime romance is perfect for fans of Love and Gelato and The Unexpected Everything.

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The story centres around Olivia; unlike everyone else, she has no plans for summer, having been rejected from NYU’s screenwriting programme because she didn’t really try to get in. So her plans are to stay home, binge-watch horror movies, and chat with an online friend, Elm. But then Olivia is forced by her parents to work at a zip lining company over summer, and there he is. Elm. or Jake. Olivia recognises him from the photo he sent her. There’s just one problem: when Elm had asked for a photo of her, she sent a photo of her beautiful best friend, Katie.

The plot for this reminded me a lot of Alex, Approximately (also a book I liked), but overall the pacing of the book flowed well. I definitely liked how the story was not JUST about the romance—the story also talked about thinking about the future, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and remaining confident and persistent in the face of rejection. As someone who has very bad self esteem and confidence and i am always frightened of rejection, i could totally relate to Olivia.
I felt like some of the arguments and scenes were a tiny bit over dramatic and overdone to cause drama which didn’t really need to happen. That’s the only reason it wasn’t a higher rating. I enjoyed the characters, writing style and plot thoroughly and will be keeping an eye out of the authors future books.

The writing style was very YA, but I’d definitely still recommend this to any YA readers—especially those who enjoy the anonymous online friend trope.

 

I rated this book 3/5 stars!

This book releases on the 14th May in hardback!

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Blog Tour : The Botanist’s Daugter by Kayte Nunn @orionbooks @alexxlayt @kaytenunn #TheBotanistsDaughter

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the The Botanist’s Daughter blog tour! I was kindly gifted this book by Alex from Orion books, so thank you so much! I hope you enjoy my review and check out the next stop on the tour after mine below!

Discovery. Desire. Deception. A wondrously imagined tale of two female botanists, separated by more than a century, in a race to discover a life-saving flower . . .

In Victorian England, headstrong adventuress Elizabeth takes up her late father’s quest for a rare, miraculous plant. She faces a perilous sea voyage, unforeseen dangers and treachery that threatens her entire family.

In present-day Australia, Anna finds a mysterious metal box containing a sketchbook of dazzling watercolours, a photograph inscribed ‘Spring 1886’ and a small bag of seeds. It sets her on a path far from her safe, carefully ordered life, and on a journey that will force her to face her own demons.

In this spellbinding botanical odyssey of discovery, desire and deception, Kayte Nunn has so exquisitely researched nineteenth-century Cornwall and Chile you can almost smell the fragrance of the flowers, the touch of the flora on your fingertips . .

 

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There was something about this blurb that grabbed my attention as soon as I read it. I’ve been enjoying books set in Cornwall recently and this sounded just like something i’d enjoy.

Elizabeth lives in Cornwall with her botanist father. Like him, she’s very interested in plants and spends a lot of her time drawing and painting them. So when on his deathbed, her father leaves her with a secret mission to locate a botanical wonder, she promises to fulfill it. To do that, Elizabeth will travel to South America and encounter some of the happiest times of her life. As well as the most dangerous. The other story follows Anna in the present day who recently inherited her grandmother’s house, and while renovations are being done the workmen discover a box and sketchbook hidden behind a bookshelf. When she starts delving into the contents, she finds herself enthralled, and wants to solve the mystery of why and who these items belonged to. To do that, Anna will travel to England and will encounter a lot more than she bargained for…

As soon as I started, both Anna’s and Elizabeth’s voices hooked me in. When I realised they were each headed into their own personal quests, I couldn’t stop reading. Told in the alternating POVs of Elizabeth and Anna, their stories weave around each other perfectly. They might be completely different women living during completely different times, but their sense of adventure is the same.
Elizabeth wants to desperately fulfill the promise she made to her dying father, and goes to great lengths to do it. She’s strong, determined, and I loved how she found so many unexpected things during her travels. Anna is a very lonely woman. She has a gardening business and keeps busy, but a dark event from her past keeps her from pursuing happiness. She’s loyal, hardworking and doesn’t give herself the chance she deserves. Until a family mystery takes over her every waking moment.
These two characters and stories complement each other in a way that made it very hard to put the book down. I really enjoyed how nicely the plant descriptions and botanical terms are naturally written into the narrative. I was always fascinated by my grandma’s garden and all the different colours and scents so this was like a throwback. The details help bring an already interesting book to life and enhance the many lush settings.
The Botanist’s Daughter is an intriguing story about the strength of women who, for their own reasons, are willing to travel halfway across the world and end up with the same goal. It’s also a family mystery that slowly reveals its secrets, just like a blooming flower. I found myself totally immersed in everything that happened to these characters, and went through so many emotions.

I rated this book 5/5 stars! I will definitely be checking out Kayte Nunn’s other work!

This book is available now to buy!

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Book Review – 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne

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I can’t believe we finally got a new book!

I first read The Hating Game when I was recommended it by a friend. It instantly made me fall in love with characters and reading for the first time since I was a kid. After reading this new book. Sally Thorne is my favourite contemporary romance author. I will buy anything she writes.

I really loved this book. Darcy and Tom have been friends for most of their lives but Tom is her twin brother Jamie’s best friend so he is off limits. Despite this, Darcy and Tom have lots of chemistry and when Tom comes to help with a family project they spend more time with each other than they have in years.

I loved the banter Darcy and Tom had. I liked Tom from the start, he seemed sweet and stressed out. Darcy seemed crazy! I love how unpredictable she was!! You never knew what would come out of her mouth! Especially around Tom! We were introduced to a few side characters that I really enjoyed! I really loved Truly and Jamie eventually! I love Sally Thorne’s writing style and how she develops fully, realistic, flawed and almost touchable characters. This book is a bit steamier than The Hating Game and I loved seeing the different relationships develop! I was sad to end this book and say goodbye to Tom and Darcy. They are definitely two characters I’ll never forget.

This book is out now!

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Book Review – The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

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This book follows two main characters over ten years. Stephanie and Jamie are both with other people. They eventually marry these other people after meeting eachother at art workshop weekend.
I initially liked both characters especially Stephanie who clearly was having a tough time. She had panic attacks within the first few chapters. I liked that Jamie brought her back to life and made her happier.
We realise after meeting the two main characters that Jamie is the art teacher in one of the classes. They very quickly fancy eachother and there’s instant lust.

It’s revealed very quickly that both are unavailable for any sort of romance yet that doesn’t stop them from flirting and arranging to keep meeting up each year at this art weekend. They start cheating with eachother and It really wasn’t pleasant to read. I don’t agree with cheating in life and I hate to see it in books.

They could have separated from their partners after they started falling for eachother instead of keeping it to once a year and cheating. It’s very clear these two people should be together and they will end up together so what’s the point in hurting other people when they could have just been together from the beginning.

The stories goes on over 10 years they both have kids with these partners and they still keep meeting to cheat together that’s when it really irritated me.

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This book was a rollercoaster of emotions the ending really upset me. I hated the characters and then I’d like them again. I loved the writing it was very easy to get into to.

It reminded me of love, rosie and one day which I absolutely adore. I just couldn’t get on board with all the the cheating.

I would have given this book a 4 or 5 star review if it had gone a different way but it let itself down with that aspect so I rate it 3.5.

I was kindly gifted this copy by Penguin Random House and Ebury books for an honest review on my social media

 

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Unboxing – January Dreamy Box “Court of Faerie”

Here is the dreamy and co January box unboxing. It was the “Courts of Faerie” Dreamybox box. I loved this box! I love every item! I adore the art print 😍

👑. A large wooden double-sided bookmark. The quotes are, “Power is much easier to acquire then it is to hold onto,” and, “Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.“

👑. A smaller wooden double-sided bookmark. The quotes are, “If I can’t find a good enough story, I make one,“ and, “I am not a monster, but maybe being a monster was my calling.“

👑. A pin with the quote, “He’s flint, your tinder.“

👑. A fridge magnet with the quote, “Sharpen your blade. Harden your heart.“

👑. A drawstring booksleeve bag with the quote, “It is said we learn more from our failures than our successes.”

👑. A double-sided sturdy print. One side has Jude and Cardan by Laura Hollingsworth

The other side says, “If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

👑. An Undersea Candle from by flick the wick – that smells like crisp water, citrus, and see florals.

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Book Review – King Of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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King of scars is the latest addition to Leigh Bardugos Grisha universe. If you know me at all you will know that the grisha trilogy is one of my favourite series ever. I love every character because each character is so flawed and realistic. Leigh Bardugo is an autobuy author for me as I love her writing style and her awesome characters and storylines.

Set in world heavily influenced by Russian folklore Grisha are born with power alternatively despised or worshipped. The country of Ravka is recovering from a war and the aftermath of the leader of the Grisha known as the Darkling who was beaten. One of those struggling is Nikolai who is suffering from a curse. Surrounded on all sides by enemies there are two main plots running and eventually coming together. The first plot follows Nikolai and Zoya as they try to find a cure for Nikolai, while the other members of their councils try to hold off there enemies who are pushing forward on all sides.

The second plot follows Nina who is my favourite character, she is undercover in enemy country trying to find the source of an addictive destructive drug known as parem that enslaves Grisha and twists there power in unexpected ways. Nina is stuck in a storm of grief and loss looking for vengeance.

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This is a well written, fast paced addition to the grisha universe! I do not recommend you read it before the rest of the series however as you need to know what happens previously for it to make sense. Although I haven’t read crooked kingdom yet I did understand most of the storyline. But something’s didn’t make sense which I assume would if I’d read that one.

There was a lot for cameos of Grisha characters which I wasn’t expecting I thought this book would be completely about Nikolai and Nina but Zoya played a massive part in the story and I began to love her character alot. She kind of blended in the original trilogy so it was nice to get to know her properly and understand why she is so hard faced and strong and powerful.

So in short for those already following the Grisha universe this gets a enthusiastic recommendation for those new go back and read the original series or at least the Six of Crows series.

I rated this book as 5 ⭐ because it was everything I hoped for and more. The last chapter blew my mind and completely shocked me. It’s an exhilarating read. Nikolai is as sassy and charismatic as ever and I fell even more for his character.

 

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